Just like a car or any other piece of complex equipment with many moving and interrelated parts, your home’s HVAC system, specifically, the AC component of the system, requires routine maintenance.
But why are air conditioning maintenance services so important, what do they consist of, and how often should you have a technician come by for a service call?
In this article, we’ll break down the basics. By the end of it, give us a call to schedule your routine spring maintenance if you haven’t yet so we can get ahead and have you on the books!
Let’s just get this out in the open. A need for routine maintenance is not the only thing that AC units have in common with cars. They are both also very expensive.
A properly maintained air conditioner can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. Without maintenance, an air conditioner will lose a little bit of efficiency every year, and that all adds up.
Regular maintenance will help technicians catch potential problems well ahead of time, so you can catch problems quickly before they cripple an AC system.
In other words, if you want your air conditioner to last as long as possible, it’s well worth your while to invest a little bit in air conditioning maintenance services.
Protect your investment (repairs are more expensive than maintenance)
If an air conditioner stops working properly, and suddenly, it can actually be cheaper to replace it to repair it. That is, many routine services are much more affordable than extensive repairs or replacing the air conditioning unit entirely.
HVAC technicians agree that many AC repair services could have been avoided simply by sticking to a reliable, routine maintenance schedule.
They say when you’re in for a dime, you’re in for a dollar. Well, spend the dollar today and save more dollars today instead of skipping the maintenance and incurring more expensive repairs.
System efficiency depends on routine maintenance
An HVAC specialist might conduct an audit of your home and then suggest a specific system because it offers not only enough power to cool your home but a good balance between power and efficiency.
Air conditioning systems use what is known as SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, to determine how much energy they consume, how much cooling power they provide, and how efficiently they do so. A higher SEER system costs more upfront but will end up saving you money on cooling down the line.
Guess what (and this should be no surprise) but systems lose efficiency every year they go without maintenance. Dirty coils and air filters, failing blower motors and more can all impact SEER and drive up cooling costs.
Or you can simply stick to a routine preventive maintenance schedule and continue to enjoy efficient cooling.
Your system’s warranty may be conditional on routine service
Many air conditioning systems are covered by manufacturer warranties that protect you in the event that parts fail or the system needs to be replaced. This offers a bit of peace of mind for homeowners that are about to take a leap with a big expense like an HVAC system
But wait, there’s more – many manufacturers expressly state in the “exclusions” or “eligibility” sections of their warranty agreements that the system must be routinely inspected and serviced by qualified professionals in order for the warranty to apply.
So, in other words, if you don’t service your system regularly, you may be actively voiding your system warranty.
Keep you ready for hot weather, give you peace of mind
If for no other reason, air conditioner maintenance services are worth what little they cost just to give you peace of mind. Keeping your system maintained will let you know ahead of time what hurdles you face and will keep you ready for the hotter weather that’s ahead.
That way, when you fire up the air conditioning system in the spring, you don’t want into any surprises.
The only binding requirements for air conditioning maintenance services can be found in your warranty agreement. That will tell you how often you need to service your air conditioning system if you want it to remain under coverage.
Other than that, how often you should have your cooling system serviced depends on the technician you ask. Some will tell you that you should have it serviced at least once per calendar year, either in the spring before “cooling season” or in the fall after the summer has ended
However, we suggest that you have your air conditioning system serviced at least twice per year. Do it in the fall after the summer so you can be ahead of fixes before the summer hits, and then do it once again in the spring before you really need to use it. That will keep you prepared!
A regular AC maintenance call is very straightforward. The technician will take a look at that system’s main components, checking current refrigerant levels as well as leaks, safety systems that are in place, electrical connections, and components, as well as seals.
Typically, AC services include a check of the air filter and evaporator coils as well. Since air filters should be changed every couple of months at most and a dirty air filter can slow down a system and make it work harder, they’ll check to make sure your filter is clean.
An HVAC technician will inspect your condenser and evaporator coils to ensure they are clean and clear. If they get dirty or are covered, they won’t be able to exchange heat easily, which can result in the compressor burning out.
Now that you understand why air conditioning maintenance services are so important to HVAC system health and operation, get in touch with us so we can schedule a service call for you.
We provide air conditioning maintenance in Turlock, Modesto, Tracy, Oakdale and surrounding cities in California. We also offer emergency repair services, so call us for more information at (209) 632-5675 and we’ll schedule you for home service today.